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From the Homefront: 2017 Coast Guard Military Child of the Year

A word often-used to describe military kids is resilience. One Coast Guard kid has brought new meaning to the word, and even received a national award in recognition for her enduring spirit in the face of adversity. Mary Kate Cooper, 17, is that kid, well, teen! Read the full blog to hear about her story. Congratulations to Mary on her selection as not only Operation Homefront’s Coast Guard Military Child of the Year, but the overall winner out of all five military service branches! Great job representing Team Coast Guard!

Injured Coast Guardsman perseveres at Invictus Games

Krissy Esget will be the first female Coast Guardsman to participate in the Invictus Games.

Though Krissy Esget recently earned a gold medal in shooting and several personal bests in swimming at the Navy Coast Guard Pacific Trials, just five years ago she was struck by a drunk driver and awoke in a hospital bed with multiple injuries. She doesn’t let her injuries hold her back, however. This year she will be first female Coast Guardsman to participate in the Invictus Games.

Bringing a smile to the 2015 Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials

Krissy Esget

Not long ago, I was in a dark place. Thankfully, the kindness of others, and my involvement in adaptive sports, brought much-needed light to my life. Last week, I participated in the 2015 Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials, and I was smiling from the moment the wheels of my plane touched down in Honolulu.

2011 Warrior Games: The medal count

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Team Navy/Coast Guard gathers at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in advance of the final wheelchair basketball competitions and the conclusion of the 2011 Warrior Games, a paralympic-style sport event among 220 seriously wounded, ill and injured service members from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. U.S. Navy photo by

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2011 Warrior Games: A mother’s perspective

Former Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Bell celebrates his first Warrior Games medal with his mother in 2010. He received a bronze medal in recumbent cycling. Photo courtesy of Navy Safe Harbor.

Retired U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Bell (right) and his family cheer on Team Navy/Coast Guard during the 2011 Warrior Games. The Warrior Games is a week-long Paralympic-style sport event among 220 seriously wounded, ill and injured service members from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. U.S.

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2011 Warrior Games opening ceremonies

Former Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Bell carries the traditional torch during the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Warrior Games. U.S. Navy photo by Zona T. Lewis, Navy Safe Harbor.

Members of Team Navy/Coast Guard participate in the time-honored tradition of the "march the athletes" down the Olympic pathways during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2nd Annual Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. U.S. Navy photo by Zona T. Lewis, Navy Safe Harbor. Written by Navy Safe Harbor Public Affairs. In

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Shipmate of the Week – Coast Guardsmen of the Warrior Games

Coast Guard veteran Christopher Shunk training for the 2011 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. Photo courtesy of Navy Safe Harbor.

This week, we honor three wounded Coast Guard veterans who continue to represent their country on a different field of battle – competitive sports. Lt. Sancho Johnson, Chief Petty Officer Christopher Shunk and Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Bell will represent the Coast Guard in the 2nd annual Warrior Games.